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Hello gbatemper,
Here's a bit of a different approach than what has been suggested so far.
CPU/Optical [i5-3470, Sony Optiarc]: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1074986
They're practically giving you the optical drive for free with this combo.
MOBO/RAM [GIGABYTE GA-Z77MX-D3H and Patriot 2x4GB-1600-9-1.5V]: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128542
This SLI capable micro board is actually overkill for the needs of the system, however, when you factor in the free RAM kit included here, it's a good enough deal that you "might as well" take advantage. The SLI capability is just something "nice" to have on reserve as it offers another upgrade path for GPU performance. typically, once the next generation of cards has been out for a little while and gone through their first major price adjustments, dual card upgrades are no longer the better option, however, until that time, it's an upgrade path that is open on this board.
GPU [EVGA GTX660]: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130826
The GTX660 and 660Ti are a smarter approach for a build that will be regular 1080P gaming IMO. More shader/texture-mapping performance, less output unit performance, is a better balance for the long haul as games continue to leverage the compute side of the GPU more and more, while, provided you don't change the monitor over the life of the machine and always use the same (or similar) AA settings, the demands on the output units will not rise over the years.
HD [Sammy 830 256GB]: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147164
Don't bother with a mechanical HD at all for this build. If it's just a gaming rig, and he has a different machine that probably already has his media on it, then a 256GB drive will probably suffice for years worth of installing and playing games. Can always add more storage later if required but this is plenty to get things going.
PSU [550W Capstone]: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068
This is actually enough clean reliable power to take the system SLI with the GTX660 in the future if needed. The GTX660 has a TDP rating of just 140W, and keplar is TDP throttled, so even with 2xGPU+CPU+SSD+MOBO+RAM+FANS the system will never pull over ~400W. I would much rather have this 550W PSU than many of the less efficient older designs; even if they were "rated" higher.
Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254091
Pretty basic 1080P monitor here. The right size for the right price sort of ting here.
Case [Fractal Design Core 1000 mATX]: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=58341&vpn=FD-CA-CORE-1000-BL&manufacture=Fractal%20Design
This is actually a really neat little case, and while newegg sells it also, it should be cheaper over at NCIX with free shipping. Do some research on this case and you'll understand what all the "rage" is about it. It's just very innovative on the inside for a simple build and mature looking on the outside. No ridiculous flashy crap going on here, just a nice looking box.
$973 shipped
Thanks for spending the time to write that! Will also show him this build . Not sure which of the 3 builds I will go with but I will probably spend some time thinking which to go with.
post #12 of 14
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Personally I hate building computers for friends, especially people who aren't computer savvy enough to work out any minor issues that arise post build. Once you build it it becomes your problem every-time there is an issue, and lets face it with PCs especially custom ones sometimes things just don't work for no apparent reason. I know people that have lost friends over computer builds that have not performed to their friends expectations. Just my two cents.

I have build a lot of PC for my friends. Most of them know there way around the PC and are not dum. I have a friend which does not know much and ask me sometimes but never point at me if a problem happens. I also dont cheap in parts like PSU/MB which are the ones that fail the most in normal use system.
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post #13 of 14
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Personally I hate building computers for friends, especially people who aren't computer savvy enough to work out any minor issues that arise post build. Once you build it it becomes your problem every-time there is an issue, and lets face it with PCs especially custom ones sometimes things just don't work for no apparent reason. I know people that have lost friends over computer builds that have not performed to their friends expectations. Just my two cents.
Personally, I think my friend who telling me opening a browser and steam at the same time causes lag on his macbook and has only played on consoles wouldn't have really high expectations. Going to make sure to tell him all the things and the things you told me etc etc
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Personally, I think my friend who telling me opening a browser and steam at the same time causes lag on his macbook and has only played on consoles wouldn't have really high expectations. Going to make sure to tell him all the things and the things you told me etc etc
Just a piece of advice dude. Sometimes it is just easier to help them select the components and get it shop built for $50 because the last thing you want is to get a phone call every few days saying things like I just downloaded new drivers and now this doesn't work and that wont load. Not saying it will cause any hostility but it can become very annoying in the long run.
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256gb Samsung 840 pro 1 X Samsung 2tb HDD OCZ Vertex 2 60GB OCZ Vector 128GB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm Copper edition  XSPC RIVE Chipset and VRM block  3 X XSPC RAZOR Titan Blocks and Backplates  2 X Alphacool D5 pumps  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower Dual pump Top  2 X Alphacool UT60 480 Radiators  1 X Alphacool XT45 240 Radiator  Phobya Balancer 250 Black Nickel  
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit Acer X34 Predator CORSAIR K90 VENGEANCE  CORSAIR AX1500i 
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CORSAIR 900D Razer Deathadder black edition  Razer Goliathus XL ROG Xonar Phoebus 
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CORSAIR K90 VENGEANCE  CORSAIR AX1200 CORSAIR GRAPHITE 600T WHITE RAZER DEATHADDER BLACK EDITION 
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